Week 10 postseason prep football picks, previews

Week 10 postseason prep football picks, previews


Week 10 postseason prep football picks, previews


North Harrison at Charlestown

When: 7 p.m.

Radio: CPPSB.com

Records: Charlestown (8-1, 6-1 Mid-Southern), North Harrison (7-2, 5-2)

Rankings: Charlestown No. 12 in 3A AP poll

Last meeting: Charlestown, 48-14 (Sept. 9, 2016)

Outlook: Charlestown has won seven straight games, which includes a romp of North Harrison in Week 4. The Cougars will likely be without starting quarterback Avery Blocker this time around. Sophomore Skylar Wetzel has started the past three games for North Harrison’s run-heavy offense.

The Cougars’ young quarterback is tasked with cracking a Charlestown defense that’s allowed 14 points the past three weeks. On offense, the Pirates average more than 45 points per game, and their 48-point total against the Cougars earlier this season is the highest North Harrison has allowed thus far in 2016.

READ MORE: Charlestown’s Laffoon making up for lost time

With a win, Charlestown or North Harrison meet Southridge (8-1) or Heritage Hills (7-2) in the sectional semifinals.

The pick: Charlestown, 38-13

Silver Creek at Seymour

When: 7 p.m.

Records: Seymour (6-3, 5-2 Hoosier Hills), Silver Creek (5-4, 3-4 MSC)

Rankings: Seymour T-13th in 4A AP poll

Last meeting: Silver Creek, 29-16 (Aug. 19, 2016)

Outlook: Seymour is on a tear, having ripped off six straight wins after starting 0-3 – with its season-opening loss coming to Silver Creek on the road. Owls quarterback Alan Perry tossed one touchdown and three interceptions in the opener and has since accounted for 30 touchdowns — 11 passing, 20 rushing — and just four picks. The Dragons have lost three of their last five after starting 3-1.

Seymour's Alan Perry surveys the field in a win over New Albany this season.

Seymour’s Alan Perry surveys the field in a win over New Albany this season.

The winner between Seymour and Silver Creek advances to a meeting with Madison (2-7) or Jennings County (0-9).

The pick: Seymour, 34-28

Columbus East at New Palestine

When: 7 p.m.

Records: New Palestine (9-0), Columbus East (8-1, 7-0 HHC)

Rankings: New Palestine No. 2 in 5A AP poll, Columbus East No. 4

Last meeting: New Palestine, 24-14 (Nov. 6, 2015, sectional)

Outlook: Two of the state’s top 10 offenses meet in a rematch of last year’s Class 5A Sectional 14 championship. New Pal is averaging 57 points per game to lead the state, while the Olympians come in at No. 8, averaging 49 points per contest. New Pal has won two of the teams’ three meetings by a combined 16 points.

Columbus East linebacker TC O’Neal, the team leader in total tackles and tackles for loss, is suspended from Friday’s matchup after a scuffle with a Bedford North Lawrence player last week resulted in his ejection.

The pick: New Palestine, 45-42

Salem at Corydon

When: 7 p.m.

Records: Salem (5-4, 4-3 MSC), Corydon (3-6, 2-5)

Last meeting: Salem, 57-36 (Oct. 7, 2016)

Outlook: The Lions tallied 528 yards in their Week 8 win over the Panthers, led by Kory Akers’ 201 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Corydon trailed 43-36 with less than seven minutes remaining, but Salem touchdown runs of 22 and 16 yards, respectively, led to a comfortable win on paper.

The pick: Salem, 35-24

Providence at Clarksville

When: 7 p.m.

Records: Providence (5-4), Clarksville (0-9, 0-7 MSC)

Rankings: Providence No. 14 in 2A AP poll

Last meeting: Providence, 61-6 (Oct. 15, 2016)

Outlook: Sophomore Kaden Williams carried the ball only five times in the Pioneers’ win over the Generals last week but tallied 132 yards and three touchdowns. Providence experienced success through the air as well. Clarksville, meanwhile, could only muster a late score. The Generals have lost their nine games by an average of 56.9 points.

The pick: Providence, 45-6

Providence's Kaden Williams breaks free from Jeffersonville defenders.

Providence running back Kaden Williams breaks free from Jeffersonville defenders.

Oldenburg County at West Washington

When: 7 p.m.

Records: West Washington (9-0, 7-0 PLAC), Oldenburg County (0-9)

Rankings: West Washington No. 4 in 1A AP poll

Last meeting: None

Outlook: West Washington is 20-1 in its past two seasons, and its average margin of victory this year is more than 30 points. The Senators match up with an Oldenburg team that hasn’t won a game since last year’s sectional opener.

The pick: West Washington, 56-6

Brown County at Brownstown

When: 7 p.m.

Records: Brownstown (8-1, 7-0 MSC), Brown County (1-8)

Rankings: Brownstown No. 9 in 3A AP poll

Last meeting: None

Outlook: A two-point loss to Seymour is the only blemish on the Braves’ record as they look to defend their sectional crown against Brown County, loser of its past eight games. Brownstown has averaged 44 first-half points in three straight wins since the loss. The winner takes on the Salem-Corydon winner in semifinal play.

The pick: Brownstown, 48-6

Madison at Jennings County

When: 7 p.m.

Records: Madison (2-5, 1-6 HHC), Jennings County (0-9, 0-7)

Last meeting: Madison, 22-6 (Sep. 16, 2016)

Outlook: Madison’s second and final win of the regular season came against rival Jennings County at home, and despite the Panthers’ winless record, the sectional rematch should be tight. The Cubs have lost four straight since their win over the Panthers, and Jennings County nearly completed an upset of Jeffersonville last week.

The pick: Madison, 21-20

Crawford County at Eastern

When: 7 p.m.

Records: Eastern (2-7, 1-6 MSC), Crawford County (0-9, 0-5 PLAC)

Last meeting: Eastern, 41-7 (Oct. 7, 2016)

Outlook: The Musketeers handled the Wolfpack in Week 8, one of Crawford County’s seven losses of 30 or more points this season. Eastern leads the all-time series 9-2.

The pick: Eastern, 30-7


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